04/30/2006 11:00PM

Injured Garcia is ready to resume riding

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Charmo picks up his first stakes win Saturday in the San Francisco BC Mile at Golden Gate.

ALBANY, Calif. - Although he suffered a small undisplaced fracture of his left wrist Friday, leading jockey Martin Garcia is planning to ride here Wednesday and was booked on mounts for Thursday.

Garcia had to miss riding assignments on Hollywood Park's Gold Rush Day on Sunday, but will begin riding full-time at Hollywood Park next Wednesday. After Sunday's races, Garcia had a 107-92 lead in the jockey standings over perennial leader Russell Baze.

Barrington Harvey, the rider of the horse who finished first in the race in which Garcia was hurt, was suspended for five days. His horse, Marv's Marvel, drifted out in the lane, causing another horse to drift out in front of Garcia's mount. Garcia's mount clipped heels and Garcia was thrown to the ground. Marv's Marvel was disqualified from the victory.

Charmo has look of BC horse

The Grade 2, $400,000 lived up to its billing as northern California's premier race for older runners Saturday, when Golden Gate Fields presented its best card in many years.

Charmo ran down Aragorn and scored by one length in the San Francisco BC Mile, looking like a Breeders' Cup Mile-type horse. His trainer, Julio Canani, said he thinks a mile is the right distance for Charmo, whose sire, Charnwood Forest, was a champion European sprinter.

Before the race, the owner of Aragorn, Ballygallon Stud of Ireland, paid $150,000 to make him Breeders' Cup eligible under the new program to allow horses of racing age to be nominated to the program. Aragorn earned an extra $30,000 in Breeders' Cup funds after finishing second.

Baze headed for Churchill stakes

Following Thursday's races, Baze will head to Churchill Downs, where he will ride Lion Andthe Lamb in Friday's Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint. On Saturday, he will ride Trickey Trevor in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap and Cause to Believe in the Kentucky Derby. All three are trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

Four locals in Yerba Buena

The Grade 3, $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap figures to have a strong local flavor on closing day Sunday.

Sixteen fillies and mares were nominated to the 1 1/8-mile turf race and four local runners are expected to run, including Eleanor Rose, winner of the $100,000 Work the Crowd in her last start; Strong Faith, who has won two straight stakes; Marla Bay; and Midwife. Santa Anita allowance winner Carini also is expected to run.

On Saturday, Smokey Stover is expected to make his two-turn debut in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Rosa for3-year-olds.

Ghidella resigns from TOC

Jim Ghidella, the northern California director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California for the past eight years, is stepping aside from the position when the Golden Gate Fields meeting ends Sunday.

"It was a great run, and we were able to get some things done, but now it is time to find something else to do," said Ghidella, 60.

Among his accomplishments were the building of the equine hospital at Golden Gate Fields, his work as the architect of reforms for the workers' compensation program for California horsemen, and establishing a uniform purse schedule for northern California when Magna ran both major tracks.

"I'm a horse owner, and I plan on continuing to speak on behalf of northern California horsemen," Ghidella said.

* Maidens are in Wednesday's spotlight as Firebaugh, second in all of his five starts, runs for a tag for the first time and also meets older in a $32,000 claimer at six furlongs.

The top contenders in a five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares are Lucerna, who has hit the board in 5 of 11 starts, and first-timer Film Editor.